Nostalgia

<i>Fatta In Casa</i>–Italian From Scratch

Fatta In Casa–Italian From Scratch

This little Italian girl always loved lasagna. Even though lasagna uses the same basic ingredients as other Italian dishes (noodle, sauce, cheeses), it’s the structure of lasagna I love.  It is organized.  And I am a big fan of things being organized.  I always was. […]

Superior Pasta in South Philly

Superior Pasta in South Philly

When I was a kid I loved ravioli. Meat ravioli. I remember joining my mother when she picked it up from the Italian market. I knew that the ritual was different than going to the generic grocery store a few doors down. And the meat ravioli […]

Delicious California (in pictures)

Delicious California (in pictures)

{ A crème brûlée donut from Donut Friend. } { Plant Food + Wine‘s Polenta + Hash: wild mushrooms, sweet potato hash, harissa } { Their potato-heavy Breakfast Burrito } { And their Chickpea Fritatta, dressed to the nines. } { A side of barbecue tempeh […]

The Magic in Montauk–Youth, Gentrification, Bad Tofu Scramble Wraps and Conspiracy Theory

The Magic in Montauk–Youth, Gentrification, Bad Tofu Scramble Wraps and Conspiracy Theory

Twenty years ago, after our closing shifts at Tower Records in Carle Place, my coworkers and I used to drive to the tip of Long Island, arriving at Montauk Point between 1 or 2 in the morning. We did this repeatedly, ceremoniously, as we inducted new recruits. Together, we’d […]

Dear Women,

Dear Women,

It is so wonderful to see social media swarmed with images from one of the many marches for women that took place yesterday, to see so many coming together to speak up for our human rights. I hope that this is a start of something… […]

9/11: Reflections from 15 Years Ago

9/11: Reflections from 15 Years Ago

September 11, 2001 seems like much more than 15 years ago to me, though, since then, I have had a disquieting dread pushed down deep somewhere. It’s a suspension of reason and logic that, 15 years later, still has no place to go in my […]

Cheese Your Hunger Away: Vegan Combos

Cheese Your Hunger Away: Vegan Combos

After updating this site’s F.A.Q., I decided I needed to veganize Combos, since no one else had. Much like meat ravioli, this is an untapped market in the vegan world. Using a recipe for hard pretzels and a non-vegan homemade vegan attempt from the world wide web […]

Nabisco Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

Nabisco Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

I’ve written about these cookies before, a cookie so ingrained in my memory that I can still vividly experience them. From the shuffling through the brown paper grocery bag, as tall as me, in the backseat of my mother’s car to find and be the first […]

First Love, Santosha

First Love, Santosha

Though this storefront is innocuous, I peer through its ground level glass and see the back of my head, 19 years ago. A fork in my mouth and a look of–well–contentment on my face. But with confusion. Tofu. Not a cold, wet yet strangely dry slab of […]

TBT: National Parks

TBT: National Parks

My latest plan is to get to every national park in the country in my lifetime. At this point I have only seen 10 of 49. I’ve included my throwbacks to link to my Parks progress page from my homepage. Though some were visited in the […]

Ponyboy

Ponyboy

Falling back, the glorious autumn sunset coincides with my drive home from the train station. This sky had me snapping pictures towards my neighbor’s house in creepy fashion. It made me think of Ponyboy Curtis. {Then I thought about how lucky I was to come […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 7: The Battle of (vegan) Growing Pains<br>​[Tiny’s vs. BareBurger]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 7: The Battle of (vegan) Growing Pains
​[Tiny’s vs. BareBurger]

Match #7 of the V.V. Burger Showdown: The Battle of (vegan) Growing Pains. Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop vs. Bareburger Along with the large scale collective growth in vegan food products and eateries, omni embrace of “vegan” is also evolving in its own way. Vegan pantry staples are showing […]

Bday 2: The “Disconnect” Rant / <br>   Avant Garden Review

Bday 2: The “Disconnect” Rant /
Avant Garden Review

It annoys me how NYC food culture vultures and foodie scenesters so often snub vegan food… especially when they really have no experience with it. Well, wait. That’s not necessarily true. They have no experience with it as cuisine genre. Those who think that “vegan” […]

Throwback Thursday: 2005 Vegan Restaurant Guide

Throwback Thursday: 2005 Vegan Restaurant Guide

Such a trip to look at this guide from 10 years ago. To see my checkmarks. I had to update it. It is nice to see that many eateries are still around!

Throwback Thursday: Oregon 2000+

Throwback Thursday: Oregon 2000+

Portland used to be a quick 2-hour drive from home when I lived in Seattle in 2000. Back then, the city was far less vegan-friendly to this vegan. It was Blossoming Lotus where I got a good meal, which is still going strong. But I more […]

Throwback Thursday: Thai Crepe, 2005

Throwback Thursday: Thai Crepe, 2005

When I started to like food a whole lot, Thai was one of my favorite cuisines. Excuse this glistening picture, but Thai Crepe, sweet turnip in rice noodle, is one of my favorite Thai eats. But the appetizer is rarely on Thai menus! Back in my Brooklyn […]

Vegan Freakies Cereal

Vegan Freakies Cereal

Cereal was a huge part of my childhood. My siblings and I would race down to the kitchen in the morning to get the “fat spoon” (really the lone soup spoon with the bunch of teaspoons) and eat refill after refill of bright, colorful sugary […]

Throwback Thursday: My Dealings with Vegan Cake, 2004+

Throwback Thursday: My Dealings with Vegan Cake, 2004+

I specially ordered this banana-encased vegan cake and dropped it off at Red Bamboo for them to serve us after dinner. Unfortunately I don’t recall who I ordered it from. Are you out there, cake maker? My old co-workers got me this vegan cake back […]

Throwback Thursday: Chicago, 1999+

Throwback Thursday: Chicago, 1999+

I first ate at Chicago Diner in 1999 when I was driving cross country to settle in Seattle, Washington. Though I am not 100% sure I picked up this menu at that time, it’s all I got to remember this early visit. Before I blogged […]

Throwback Thursday: Foodswings, 2004

Throwback Thursday: Foodswings, 2004

n 2004 when I moved into my old apartment in Brooklyn, I tried to walk to Foodswings. The BQE got in the way and my phone was certainly not smart enough to tell me how to get there. I went back and ordered Chinese. I eventually […]

Throwback Thursday: ‘Snice, 2007

Throwback Thursday: ‘Snice, 2007

‘Snice was my favorite lunch spot within walking distance from my old job in Chelsea. I always got the Vegan Panini, which scraped up the roof of my mouth. Because it ain’t love if it don’t hurt a little.

Throwback Thursday: Bloodroot, 2007

Throwback Thursday: Bloodroot, 2007

I’ve been to Bloodroot, the feminist bookstore and restaurant in Bridgeport, CT, several times–the last being this time in 2007. I have never blogged about it because the food is pretty basic. But having visited the music store / vegan cafe, I thought I’d throw back […]

Throwback Thursday: Menu Mementos

Throwback Thursday: Menu Mementos

Back before I was as obsessed with vegan food reporting, I simply ate at vegan spots and didn’t write about it— I know: gasp! That and this here blog didn’t exist. But I still collected menu mementos of some of the spots I ate. Here […]